Brewed Food

  A strap on the front page of a Sunday paper invites you to look inside and see Jamie’s Christmas Recipes. I don’t look inside, at least, not for Jamie’s contribution. How many more new Christmas recipes can anyone need? I ask myself. How many more recipes from Jamie, who...

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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. 1815 – 1852

BLUE PLAQUE: This exotic figure in the history of computing is honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at 12 St. James’s Square, SW1. Ada Lovelace, as she became known, was born Augusta Ada Byron. She was the daughter of Lord Byron and his wife, whose maiden name was Anne...

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Fashion unfashionable?

People may assume that teenagers, especially girls, absolutely love fashion and if there was a simple debate as to whether the fashion industry is a blight on society; it would be easily shouted down. During a classroom debate I was expecting exactly that, however little did I know that my...

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Duck Soup

“Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup the rest of your life.” Groucho Marx (on the title) Groucho Marx, on being asked on the significance of the politics in Duck Soup shrugged, “What significance? We were just...

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London as you’ve never seen it before

For those of us who know London well, and prefer to walk its streets rather than drive or take public transport whenever we can, it is still a collection of villages, each with its own character and boundaries: Covent Garden, Soho, Marylebone, St James’s, Mayfair, Westminster. The whole may add...

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Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys Garrick Theatre In Alabama in 1931, nine black teenagers, ages ranging from 13 to 19, were pulled off a train and accused of the gang rape of two white women. The trail was a farce, the witnesses’ evidence was full of holes, the boys were not given proper...

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Hockney Uncovered

Julia Cave interviews Randall Wright, director of the acclaimed documentary Hockney, about what it takes to capture the life of such a vibrant artist.   “Every day until I was tall enough, I asked my mother to lift me up so I could see out of the kitchen window. When...

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Miro and The Red Cross

Last month, The British Red Cross organised the spectacular Exhibition The Miro Tapestry and Red Cross Catalonia Collection at the Royal College of Art, which was part of their Art for Life 2014 project. The exhibition brought to London a fine collection of art by famous Spanish painters with a...

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All Hail The Christmas Book

Excitedly tearing away shiny wrapping paper, ripping off crisp sheets of tissue, peeling away sellotape, to reveal…. A book. A classic, and (whisper it), slightly boring choice? Since the invention of iEverything, books are dangerously close to ranking amongst socks and chocolates as predictably ‘safe’ Christmas presents. A book can...

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In praise of book collecting

The Inaugural Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize was awarded to Hazel Wilkinson (in absentia) at the twenty fourth Antiquarian Book Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall, last month. The fair was organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) with Graham York as Chairman of the fair committee for this year...

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